Clearing advice and guidance
We want to help you prepare for Clearing. Find all the information you need to know, including what UCAS Clearing is and how the process works at Warwick. We also have advice relating to Adjustment and Clearing Plus.
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Frequently asked questions
UCAS Clearing is a part of the university application process. The UCAS Clearing system gives you the opportunity to find a place on a course that has spaces available.
It also allows you to consider applying for a different course, or course at a different university, if you have missed out on your first choice or simply changed your mind.
Universities which have courses with places to fill will list these on the UCAS clearing website. Clearing is often thought to be for students who achieved lower grades than expected but can also be for people who simply change their mind.
Clearing also includes adjustment, for students who change their choice because of better grades. Students can then view their options in UCAS track and request an offer for a different course. We have already filled our Clearing places for September 2021 but look forward to welcoming applications for 2022.
Clearing at The University of Warwick has now finished for courses starting in September 2021. Why not explore our courses for 2022.
Clearing is for students who have received their A level or other recognised Level 3 qualifications results but have either missed their required grades or would like to change the course or university they had applied to on UCAS. UK and International students are all eligible to participate in Clearing. If you didn't secure a place at Warwick in Clearing this year why not check out our course list for next year?
UCAS produces a list of universities and courses with vacancies to fill on their Clearing website. By applying through Clearing, the individual student finds courses they would like to apply to from this list. You then need to contact the university to check course availability and ask them to offer you a place via Clearing. This does not have to be at the same university, or even a similar course. Once you have called your chosen university, been offered your chosen course and added it in UCAS Track, the university will confirm the offer and your place is then guaranteed.
Clearing Plus is a service offered by UCAS for 2021 entry which can help to narrow down your options for clearing based on your existing choices. All clearing spaces for 2021 have now been filled but if you are still interested in studying at Warwick we encourage you to apply for 2022.
If you have achieved better grades than required for your firm-choice university, you might be thinking about alternative courses at a different university. UCAS Adjustment allows you to contact other universities to ask if they would accept you on a new course. Your place at your other university is still secure, so you are free to pick up the phone to chat about what options we may have open for you.
You will have the option to register for Adjustment through UCAS Track from Results Day. From then, you will have five days to look for other courses. If you do not find another course, you will still be able to accept your original offer. All our courses are now full for 2021. If you had applied for adjustment you can check the status of your application on the UCAS website.
Unlike Clearing, courses will not be listed on the UCAS website - so you will need to contact universities directly to discuss your options first. If a university makes you an offer over the phone, you can then make your application to that university through Adjustment on UCAS track. While we have closed Clearing and Adjustment for 2021 it may be worth applying for 2022 instead if your results were much higher than you expected.
Once you have your results, you will be able to check to see if you have qualified for your first choice or Insurance course via UCAS Track. If you have not met the requirements, or if you have changed your mind, you will be able to contact other universities or apply for an alternative course. Our hotline is now closed but will be reopened for Clearing 2022 nearer the time.
We have now closed Clearing for 2021 courses. If you want to apply in 2022, there are three main things to do when preparing for Clearing:
Check which courses are in Clearing - We will publish the list of courses available in Clearing in advance of A level results day.
Check the grades you need for Clearing - The grades you need will be published on each course page. In some cases, required grades may change so please check before calling the hotline.
Prepare for results day - We want to help you stay calm on the day so make sure you have researched your options thoroughly before hand. Alternatively, apply via UCAS for courses starting 2022.
The complete list of Clearing vacancies will always be the one held by UCAS. The list can be searched if you have a particular subject or university in mind.
Our Clearing hotline is now closed as all our courses are full. We look forward to speaking to 2022 applicants after next years results.
Our friendly and welcoming team on our Clearing Hotline will be back to help you in 2022.
These are our top tips for calling the Clearing Hotline:
- Have your UCAS ID number to hand. Your UCAS ID number is the key information we will need to begin the conversation.
- Have your phone charger to hand.
- Have a good idea of the grades you need. This is important, as the grades that are needed for Clearing may be lower.
- Most importantly, try not to worry. This is just a conversation and we want to help you.
If we made you an offer through UCAS Clearing, you need to make the University of Warwick your Clearing choice on UCAS Track before your place is confirmed.
Here's how to accept a Clearing offer on UCAS:
- Log on to UCAS Track.
- Add details for the University of Warwick, and the name of the course we have offered you a Clearing place on by selecting the ‘Add Clearing Choice’ option.
Please note, Clearing offers are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be withdrawn at any time once the course is full.
If you have achieved the necessary grades for your Firm or Insurance choice, but have changed your mind about your university or subject, you can decline your place via UCAS and enter into Clearing. When you decline an offer, the university is free to give your place to someone else and you are unlikely to get it back. It is worth speaking to an academic advisor at your intended university and/or current place of study before you commit. After declining your offer, you can use UCAS clearing like anyone else.
You can apply for any course in clearing as long as you meet the entry requirements. Our 2021 courses are now full why not explore the entry requirements for courses starting in 2022.
Universities will sometimes lower their entry requirements during Clearing, but not always. You will need to check the individual course requirements on the UCAS website.
Clearing courses are courses with spaces left to fill after the UCAS application deadline.
You can apply for any course in Clearing, if you have met the stated the entry requirements.
If you are appealing your grades and have not received a decision, unfortunately our courses are now full. We hope you will consider applying again next year once your results are final. The UCAS application process for 2022 is open now and we wish you luck.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the way the University of Warwick review applications has remained the same. However, there are new options in UCAS Clearing that make it easy to find more information and apply online.
Fairness is dealt with by exam boards; we will be as flexible as we can with entry requirements.
Grades will be treated equally. However, we may change our thresholds for offer making/entry requirements.
We’re guaranteeing campus accommodation for all new full-time first-year undergraduate and IFP students (excluding MBChB and degree apprenticeships) provided that you have :
1. Made Warwick your firm choice by 18 August 2021
2. Submitted your accommodation application online by 18 August 2021
3. Hold an unconditional firm offer of study at Warwick by 18 August 2021
We aim to allocate all new first-year undergraduate students on campus, including those who have applied through clearing or adjustment. If you do not meet the conditions above, you are not guaranteed accommodation, but your application will be considered once you have an unconditional firm offer of study at Warwick.